Dyneema. I used SeaDog pelican hooks which were surprisingly inexpensive, joined the forward and aft sections with Naxen climbing rings and use a whoopee sling made from the dyneema to keep all tight. With ebay 5/16 dyneema the cost was much lower than replacing the steel wire. Works better for my needs too.I am going to install new lifeline on my new to me 89 Catalina 30
So far I have seen 3 choices 1) Stainless with vinyl 2) Stainless without vinyl 3) Dyneema Line
I did my 22' trailer sailer in the summer of 2017. You can see the pictures of my first dyneema splices in this thread:I just have a 22' trailer sailer, with small holes on the stanchions. I'm not sure what I'd be able to get that would fit, and if there would be much of a difference in cost. I'll have to go to the local rigging store (about 2.5 hours away) and price things out, I think.
I did my former cal 25-2 with 3/16" Dyneema. Used SS turnbuckles to tension and manage creep. Spliced the Dyneema on SS thimbles to avoid chaffing on the turnbuckles. Was as good as new when I sold the boat 5 years later. Currently considering the same thing for my Jonmeri 33 (only for cosmetic reasons)I'm in the same boat, so to speak. The vinyl lifelines I have are now leg graters if you rub against them. My wife found out the hard way.
I just have a 22' trailer sailer, with small holes on the stanchions. I'm not sure what I'd be able to get that would fit, and if there would be much of a difference in cost. I'll have to go to the local rigging store (about 2.5 hours away) and price things out, I think.
Wow, that thread is a gold mine. I need to spend some time in there now. Thanks!I did my 22' trailer sailer in the summer of 2017. You can see the pictures of my first dyneema splices in this thread:
New to Dyneema, want to make lifelines
I spent $280 on the fittings and dyneema (could have gone cheaper, there's no particular reason I need to run a lifeline across the stern of my boat).
I'm happy with them.
There is no question that uncovered dyneema degrades with UV exposure, the amount of degradation is difficult to access, but it does degrade. It also chaffs more easily than SS wire. Either way, you need to thoroughly inspect every year and replace all lashings every year. With SS, there is very little to do every year.Either way the cost is in the fittings.
I would choose either wire.
I did mine 5 years ago. Choose coated wire as I didn't want a bare wire meathook to shrewd my job. Replace myself every 7 years.
Wire is not affected and weaken by sun exposure. No way you coukd convince me dyneema isn't weakened over Tim without showing it. Ive seen what the sun does to my sacrificial dinghy cover every year.
If your boat is in the sunlight 10 months of the year I would take that into consideration.